Advanced Math/Science Research Update

by Dr. April Burch, Director of the AMSR program

January 15, 2013

Since our last update, Berkshire School hosted student researchers from Belmont Hill, and all-boys prep school outside of Boston, for a 1-day mini-symposium on Student Biomedical Research. The goal was to foster collaboration, communication and community outreach with our students.  AMSR students Liza Bernstein '13, Sissi Wang '13, Lars Robinson '13, Elsie Guevara '13, Ernest Yue '13, and Nate MacKenzie '14, gave short talks about their work in the new Bellas/Dixon Math and Science lecture hall. The talks were followed up by break-out sessions where Belmont Hill students described their research projects and students discussed commonalities between the projects and future goals.

The second semester of AMSR started with some terrific news. The AMSR program was awarded a grant from The Chinchester Dupont Foundation for the purchase of an EVOS fluorescence microscope.  This piece of equipment will expand the types of experiments and analyses that can be done by AMSR students this and future years.  The microscope should arrive shortly, and Dr. Burch has invited everyone to stop in for a look next time they are on campus. 

One new, exciting project that is underway in the winter season of AMSR in the afternoons is being spearheaded by Elif Kesaf '14.  Elif is from Turkey and seeks to identify novel viruses of non-pathogenic strains of Legionella bacterium from travertines in Pamukkale. In collaboration with Dr. Sunny Shin at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, she will be working to isolate viruses of this bacterium with the hope of identifying new agents to combat Legionnaires' disease caused by a pathogenic form of Legionella.

Look for more news from Dr. Burch in the next issue!

Neski '15 to attend Jr. National Team Selection Camp
Posted 05/28/2014 10:17AM
Arwen Neski '15 has earned an invitation to Selection Camp for the 2014 Women's Jr. National Rowing team.  The camp brings together 40 of the top junior rowers in the country to select the 16 that will represent the United States at the 2014 World Jr. Rowing Championships, to be held this August in Hamburg, Germany. 

"I can't believe I did it," said an emotional Neski on the morning she received the invite.  


Neski, who began rowing just two years ago, has improved rapidly during her time in the sport.  "Arwen's obviously got the physique you want in a rower," said girls' coach Paul MacKenzie, "but more importantly she has a great mental attitude.  She pushes herself hard to succeed, but she remains humble and a great teammate."Invitations to the camp are based on several factors including erg scores, racing results, and observation by the national team coaches.  

Neski, who attended a USRowing Development Camp last summer, has been on the coaches' radar for a while.  Her performance at the CRASH-B Indoor Rowing Championships in February, and at a Jr. ID camp in Boston in March, solidified her position as a selection camp candidate.  At the camp she will train and compete for a seat in one of the three boats (8+, 4-, and 2-) going to Jr. Worlds.  


Good luck, Arwen!   

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